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5.1 /6 Excellent 61 Reviews

Ye Olde Punchbowl Inn

Bridgnorth European, British £££ +100
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About Ye Olde Punchbowl Inn

Ye Olde Punchbowl Inn is certainly Ye Olde, even by the standards of British country pubs. The building has been there for at least 700 years – nobody knows exactly how long it has stood on what is now Ludlow Road – and has been a pub since 1740, serving the traveller, the public of Bridgnorth and all others who entered their doors. The menu now is classically British, with a full carvery, an a la carte menu and a full wine list that takes in the best of local ingredients. Reserve a table and gather up your whole crew for a meal that has stood the test of time.

Opening Hours

  • Monday 12:00 - 14:00
  • Tuesday 12:00 - 14:00, 18:00 - 20:30
  • Wednesday 12:00 - 14:00, 18:00 - 20:30
  • Thursday 12:00 - 14:00, 18:00 - 20:30
  • Friday 12:00 - 14:00, 18:00 - 21:00
  • Saturday 12:00 - 14:00, 18:00 - 21:00
  • Sunday 12:00 - 16:00
Ye Olde Punchbowl Inn, Ludlow Road, WV16 5NQ Bridgnorth

Further Information

The country pub has been a British institution for a fair old while, and Ye Olde Punchbowl Inn on the outskirts of Bridgnorth has been there since 1740 at the latest, and likely far longer. That isn’t any reason to rest on their laurels, though, and they have strove to maintain forward-looking in their approach. To that end, they’ve implemented the first AGA carvery in the country, a unique concept by which they build a dining experience that takes from the British carvery tradition and expands on it, bringing the cooking right into the heart of the restaurant.

The method of cooking is one thing, but the meats going into it are the most important thing, and at Ye Olde Punchbowl Inn, they don’t scrimp on that either. Scottish beef, Shropshire pork, Warwickshire turkey, Far Forest venison and lamb, as well as roast vegetables, garlic potatoes, cauliflower cheese and more. Take a trip down Ludlow Road just outside Bridgnorth – south of Telford and east of Wolverhampton – and experience something that applies new methods to classically British cuisine – so book a table now.

CHEF'S CHOICE

61 Reviews

5.1 /6 Excellent 61 Reviews
Service: friendly
Quality/Price: great value
Atmosphere: entertaining
Noise: quiet
Waiting Time: no waiting time
Food: heavenly
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Wendi B.
1 review so far 6
03.01.2017 20:30

We booked a table for our Christmas lunch, we had a great table opposite the bar, so not far to walk for a top up. Enjoyed the carvery, lovely helpful, happy staff. Will definitely come back!

Samantha T.
2 reviews so far 6
02.01.2017 18:36

Lovely atmosphere, friendly attentive staff, great tasting food, great prices

Pauline R.
1 review so far 6
15.12.2016 09:19

We had a very enjoyable evening. The Punchbowl has a lovely atmosphere with very friendly staff. We had the carvery meal which was delicious and on this occasion the first course or the dessert was free. We shall definitely go again.

Roger T.
1 review so far 6
21.11.2016 07:23

In my opinion this is as good as a carvery gets. The food was hot and well presented. Friendly attentive staff , You really can't ask any more for a nice Sunday lunch,

susan p.
1 review so far 6
15.08.2016 01:51

Booking was really easy online. Booked a table for two. Got there a little before time but it was no problem getting seated. Going on a, Sunday they only do a daytime carvery and no evening one. Although the pub was busy we were dealt with courteously and efficiently. The were five meats on and the chef who served us was very friendly. A good selection of veg to go with our meal and a nice choice of puddings after. The staff were attentive without being overly so, just right on all aspects of our dining experience. Would definitely go again.

Sharon S.
1 review so far 4
30.06.2016 01:58

We did not go for the carvery but went for the lunchtime menu . Limited choice . I chose scampi which was over cooked and peas were inedible due to overcooking . Tasted watery . My husband and my mum in law chose the fish which they enjoyed . My husband said the chips were as good as unreal chips could be ! His mushy peas were very dry . I have got to say the carvery looked amazing and the place was full . Most having the carvery ! If we go back it will be the carvery for us all .

Lorna B.
2 reviews so far 5
28.07.2016 18:15

Different days different chef's this visit looking forward to the garlic potatoes however these had skins on 😨 which is ok is they have been throughly washed, I always chew my food well so there fore I was crunching on dirt as the potatoes were not as prepared as they ought. Also veg could have been cooked for a bit longer quite crunchy. I hope my next visit has a different chef. I have been before & had excellent food.

Joanne D.
1 review so far 5
07.08.2016 20:27

Decent food though I hoped for a better veg selection and stuffing shouldnt be so dry. The pricing attracts an older clientele than I was expecting! The fact that you need to queue at the bar to get a receipt for the carvery, before queuing at the carvery seemed a bit inefficient, & wasn't explained by any staff who all seemed rather rushed but were pleasant enough. A nice enough lunch but my search for a fabulous carvery continues.

Sharon A.
1 review so far 5
09.12.2016 01:37

Food was excellent and staff friendly and helpful but we had a long wait for our dessert. To be fair, it was very busy (especially so near to Christmas) and they had a party of 120 arrive but think our dessert had gone astray. We chased it up and it was delivered quickly with a smile and an apology. It was certainly worth waiting for. We hope to return soon.

Gary W.
1 review so far 6
04.09.2016 18:56

Been few times always great ambience service and best fresh carvery for miles prefer this rather than the carvery chains whose food is bland and quickly cooked, the food here is clearly delivered by people who are proud of the quality of the food and the service is always friendly and attentive

Mark W.
1 review so far 6
13.10.2016 06:27

Easily one of the best carvery places around, the staff are very friendly and helpful and the food is excellent, pub is set in loverly grounds so will be returning in the summer if not before

laura h.
1 review so far 6
15.10.2016 05:21

Fantastic. I cannot fault this place. The food is amazing and the staff are friendly and attentive. A regular for me and my family. Great for couples or families for romantic meals or big parties 😄😄😄😄

Stephen P.
1 review so far 6
01.08.2016 08:45

Friendly staff, good home cooked food, reasonable prices, what's not to like? Recommended. A wider choice of vegetables would be acceptable and the car park could be a bit bigger but these are minor points.

Rachel D.
1 review so far 6
15.08.2016 07:46

We had a lovely meal, it's the first time we had been there and was very nice. Easy to find, staff very friendly, food and service was amazing. Will be booking to go again soon.

Malcolm R.
1 review so far 6
24.08.2016 18:51

A great venue. Food always fresh and enjoyable. Great staff always so friendly and attentive. Cannot wait for the next visit.It will be my birthday soon and there is only one place to celebrate.

Peter T.
1 review so far 6
16.08.2016 03:50

Really enjoyed our meal at the Olde Punchbowl Inn. Service was also very good, The restaurant was also very busy with customers which does give a good impression of a place.

Andrew K.
1 review so far 6
06.08.2016 18:12

As always an excellent carvery. Very friendly staff and good service. This is probably our tenth time we have visited and are already looking forward to the next. See you soon.

Andrew B.
1 review so far 2
28.11.2016 20:40

Firstly there was no draught ale - on a Sunday! one of the pubs key USP is the range and quality of beer on offer, but to have none is unacceptable. Service was poor, the two bar staff were overwhelmed and clearly inexperienced, they couldn't cope with the number of people and it took 20 mins just to pay the bill, they were also quite sarcastic. The food was good and our previous visit was very pleasant, so I hope its a one off but I won't be recommending it again.

David C.
1 review so far 5
04.10.2016 06:28

Food good and staff friendly. Let down slightly by the table not being as clean as expected for 1st sitting of the day. It would visit again as hopefully this was a one off problem.

Julie B.
1 review so far 5
10.10.2016 23:44

Great position with lovely gardens & outdoor lounge. Ideal for pre dinner drinks or after dinner coffee. Service great and friendly and the food kept a veggi, meatlovers and both small and large appetites happy

Philip D.
1 review so far 6
17.08.2016 20:27

Very nice setting friendly service food excellent as much as you want not restricted to a few slices of meat . Nothing too much trouble will definitely use again

kathryn j.
1 review so far 2
25.10.2016 00:41

Not impressed with the overall service, well there wasnt really any. The food was mediocre and while we were eating our food we asked 1 of the well i cant call him a waiter as he didnt really wait on the table, if he could get us a bottle of wine, the reply was you have to get it from the bar if i do it for you i will have to do it for everyone. So none of us were impressed. We will not return

JHonathan N.
1 review so far 1
15.10.2016 20:24

Starter of so called Bridgnorth Mushrooms, that is taking local produce a step to far, tasteless and glutinous sauce, carvery dreadful. I was offered the end of the dried up beef joint, which I declined, turkey was totally dried out, vegetables the same. Certainly not crispy roast potatoes, red cabbage was the best, the rest tasteless. I really thought the Aga carvery would convert me but sadly not. Staff did not have a clue, waiter who thought you laid the table with a knife where the dessert spoon should be and the ridiculous conversation at the table next to us continued with the table cleaner left hooked over the chair. Best they should try to train the staff outside the service times!! Needless to say I won't be returning or recommending this dreadful carvery. My husband actually enjoed some of the meat he chose but nearly choked on the piece of dried up turkey that was on my plate and he tasted. Mrs Naylor

Roberta F.
1 review so far 6
28.08.2016 18:10

This is the first time we have visited the Punch Bowl and we would highly recommend it. The staff we very frendly and the food was lovely.

Richard C.
1 review so far 6
27.08.2016 07:16

Service & Food second to none brilliant evening Booked for Christmas 17thDec special request cheese board as extra see if they can accommodate don't Mind the cost

Lester T.
1 review so far 6
22.08.2016 05:20

The best carvery we have had in a long time, can't get enough of this place. Has become one of our favourites. Look forward to returning again.

John H.
1 review so far 6
15.07.2016 05:40

Fantastic carvery, best we have had for a long time, everything g tastie and well cooked. Staff very friendly and helpful. Price extremely Good. Will definitely return

Richard W.
1 review so far 6
28.07.2016 19:02

Nice and relaxed with very nice home cooked tasting food. I think it was excellent value and we have decided to make it a family monthly treat.

Janine T.
1 review so far 5
06.12.2016 03:05

Delicious food as always, wide selection of lovely vegetables to choose from but missed the Swede and Carrot mash that does not seem to be served at Christmas. Service was top class.

Martin B.
1 review so far 5
22.10.2016 01:54

From booking then arrival though to departure was effortless with a great meal too with as much as you like, followed by a lovely pudding to, will definitely come again and again.

Nina S.
1 review so far 6
01.08.2016 15:52

Staff were very friendly, chef interacted with the customers and food was excellent. Never been there before and I will be going back, restaurant is beautiful.

Lauren G.
1 review so far 6
13.10.2016 06:44

We attended here and couldnt fault the food it was lovely food Good customer service from start to finish. Very helpful with d3fo be coming back

Sharon S.
2 reviews so far 6
26.07.2016 01:55

Good atmosphere, good service and great food! Would highly recommend Sunday carvery. Make sure to book table as it gets busy! Will definitely be back soon!

Lesley M.
1 review so far 6
26.06.2016 23:27

Excellent meal as always, food is good quality, well cooked, staff are always polite, friendly and helpful. Would highly recommend and will definite be visiting again.

Katie R.
1 review so far 6
13.10.2016 07:22

Very friendly staff. Great food at an amazing price. Clean and tidy dining area. Would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a great Sunday roast.

Jan s.
1 review so far 6
22.06.2016 06:49

Lovely food, plenty of it, very good value, would definitely return. Nice atmosphere, garden is beautifull and peaceful. Our friends from Australia were very impressed.

Lucie H.
1 review so far 6
21.10.2016 17:21

Cosy warm atmosphere with friendly staff and amazing food. Open fire was great when you just walked in from the cold. Lovely evening had there

Clive L.
1 review so far 6
15.11.2016 03:47

This was one of the best pubs i have been to have a meal and will recommend to my friends, thank you and well done.

Christopher C.
1 review so far 3
26.10.2016 20:14

Cannot fault the food, however service needs to be improved, no one to greet us upon arrival, waitresses stood around talking when tables needed to be cleared and the bill was calculated incorrectly 3 times, good job we checked it. Could do with a good mature manager instead of kids.

Richard C.
2 reviews so far 6
17.10.2016 18:16

This was the best carvery I have been to in years, great food in a beautiful old building and fantastic gardens. Will be back soon.

Richard A.
1 review so far 6
15.10.2016 05:13

Has to be one of the best carvery meals we have had and will definitely be returning soon. Well worth a visit for great food.

Sue S.
1 review so far 6
14.10.2016 10:40

Venue is homely, staff very friendly and welcoming. Carvery is amazing even food served from the restaurant menu is fantastic. Already booked up for Christmas.

Jean T.
1 review so far 6
05.09.2016 17:40

We really enjoyed our return visit to the Punch Bowl. The staff are very friendly and make it a worthwhile visit. The carvery was scrumptious.

Fred H.
1 review so far 6
04.09.2016 16:13

Excellent food, service & surroundings as always. Enjoyable experience at every visit, we always look forward to returning with our friends. Friendly & helpful staff.

haley t.
1 review so far 6
01.09.2016 01:29

Wow what a lovely evening food was devine and so much choice service was excellent will definitely been going back again a proper country pub

malcolm r.
1 review so far 5
25.08.2016 17:46

5 of us went for the carvery here !! meal was great , good range of meats and veg , beef was very very good indeed !! will definitely return

kevin c.
1 review so far 5
08.08.2016 01:52

Very nice carvery with a good choice of food and drink.Some might say a little expensive for a carvery but you definately got quality for the money.We wil definately return.

michael j.
1 review so far 6
27.07.2016 07:33

Food as good as ever takes a car wry to the highest level service also very good will no doubt be going back real soon

Sheila B.
1 review so far 5
28.06.2016 23:46

Excellent carvery, roasts were very tender with good choice of vegetables, great that served on hot plates. Staff were helpful and friendly and decor very welcoming. Would definitely recommend.

John B.
1 review so far 3
10.08.2016 17:20

We booked for five persons for the AGA roast . We were never advised that we couldn't return to Carvery for more . We only had small portions to try various meats on offer . Disappointed . The Down is a much better alternative